December 20, 2010 § 11 Comments
Another quilt finished! This one is for my hubby. I finished the quilt top more than two years ago but didn’t get around to quilting it until last week. I tried to quilt it last December too, but the rental quilting machine wasn’t working properly. And I ended up putting it aside and never got back to it. It is my interpretation of Brandon Mably’s Rustic Snowballs Quilt from the book Kaffe Fassett’s Kaleidoscope of Quilts. I wanted to work in coffee themed fabrics because my husband is a coffee geek.
I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. I feel like I finally made a break-through when quilting on the rental mid-arm at one of my local quilt shops. Up to this point I have just quilted basic all-over designs like loops or meandering or something. On this quilt, I specifically tried to make the quilting following the blocks. While it’s nothing fancy, I finally felt like I had more control over where I wanted to go. It was sort of like a light bulb finally turned on. There were a couple of places where I forgot what I was doing, but you really have to look for them to find them. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more consistent access to practice?
Alright, this is the final crunch to finish a few more things before the end of the year. I’m not holding my breath to get much done this last week before Christmas. But there is still 1 more quilt, a table topper and my forest of Yo Yo trees that I would like to finish. Even if they are all Christmas projects, I DO NOT want to have them hanging over my head again next Christmas! Know what I mean?
December 19, 2010 § 7 Comments
These are my two oldest Christmas decorations. They were given to me by my piano teacher when I was a kid. (Mom, do you remember these?) Back in the 70’s painting ceramics was really popular. Both of these have dates and initials on the back. I don’t remember how long I took piano lessons. But music has never been one of my talents. I’m not sure that I could even play any more. I always jokingly say that I can play the radio/stereo really well!
What are your oldest Christmas decorations?
December 18, 2010 § 14 Comments
One quilt done! And one rotten pumpkin that needs to be thrown out! Only 2 more quilts, a table topper, and a forest of Yo Yo trees that I would like to finish before Christmas.
This one is for the neighbors that routinely watch our pets when we are gone. They are awesome neighbors, even feeding the cats on a moment’s notice. This quilt was based on the Tropical Frothy Quilt by Liza Prior Lucy in the book Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Sun. Almost entirely from my stash, I made everything a slightly different size based on my smallest piece of stash fabric. I think the final measurements were somewhere around 61″ or 62″ square. The quilt in the book finishes at 65″ x 78″.
Lots of loopy quilting… the fastest and easiest way for me to finish a quilt.
December 17, 2010 § 5 Comments
In 1998/1999 my husband had to work in Germany between Christmas & New Year. While he was working I went shopping and sightseeing. One day I took the train to Nurnberg, wandered the National Museum and did some after Christmas shopping. I picked up this Christmas Pyramid and few decorations for the tree. This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. And the Museum was amazing. I think I enjoyed it more than the Louvre. And the Louvre is pretty fantastic.
December 16, 2010 § 1 Comment
This year my hubby and I decided to only exchange small gift items that would fit in our stockings. I wish we could hang our stockings “by the chimney with care”, but we haven’t gotten around to installing some sort of mantel on the fireplace yet. Here are a few things on my wish list. What’s on yours?
Divine Twine – in Cherry, Green Apple or Oyster
Smartwool Socks (Snowflake or Jovian Stripe) – I have some other Smartwool socks and I love them! I also love to wear hand knit wool socks in the winter. I lay the hand knit socks flat to dry and sometimes there are more socks that need washing than places to let them dry.
iPod Touch – And something that might fit in our stockings, but not necessarily in the inexpensive category. Greedy, aren’t I?